|5||EDMONTON||+105||Ov 5.5,+100||+105||Ov 5.5,+105|
|6||COLORADO||-125||Un 5.5,-120||-125||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-2-0||+0.3||2-2||+0.3||1-3||2.5||25.2||2.5||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||1-4||2.6||27.0||2.0||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||19||5||5||6||3||2||196||9.7%||35||11||31.4%||34|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||10||2||3||3||2||1||101||9.9%||15||4||26.7%||17|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||4||3||4||2||1||135||9.6%||26||8||30.8%||25|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||3||10||3||3||3||1||2||79||12.7%||14||7||50.0%||16|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||18||9||6||2||1||1||230||7.8%||34||5||14.7%||27|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||10||3||5||1||1||1||130||7.7%||18||2||11.1%||12|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||5||2||1||1||170||5.9%||24||2||8.3%||13|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||7||3||3||1||0||0||102||6.9%||14||1||7.1%||12|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||7||7||216||199||92.1%||0||4-3||+1.4||4-3-0||+1||2-5|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||4||4||130||121||93.1%||0||2-2||+0.3||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)||3||3||102||95||93.1%||0||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||139||131||94.2%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-0-0||+2||2-0||+2||0-2||3.5||29.5||0.5||31.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.5||2-3||-0.5||1-4||2.2||27.2||2.8||30.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||16||4||2||10||0||1||194||8.2%||21||2||9.5%||26|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||7||2||0||5||0||0||59||11.9%||7||1||14.3%||12|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||3||2||6||0||1||136||8.1%||14||1||7.1%||17|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||9||2||2||5||0||1||111||8.1%||12||1||8.3%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||19||7||9||3||0||1||218||8.7%||39||10||25.6%||32|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||1||1||0||0||0||0||62||1.6%||12||0||0.0%||2|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||6||6||2||0||1||154||9.1%||26||8||30.8%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||14||4||7||3||0||1||113||12.4%||21||7||33.3%||22|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||2||1||45||42||93.3%||0||1-0||+1.5||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (vs. Division)||1||1||28||25||89.3%||0||1-0||+1.5||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||2||1||45||42||93.3%||0||1-0||+1.5||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||6||6||172||157||91.3%||2||2-4||-2||2-4-0||-2||1-5|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Home Games)||2||2||62||61||98.4%||1||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)||3||3||84||74||88.1%||1||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||98||90.7%||2||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.41, COLORADO 3.16|
|1/20/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||SAN JOSE||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/28/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|2/9/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/10/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|1/19/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-4||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||COLUMBUS||4-0||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||at SAN JOSE||0-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at EDMONTON||1-4||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at VANCOUVER||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at CALGARY||6-3||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||O|
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (EDMONTON-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Oilers-Avalanche Preview* ==========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Edmonton (4-2-1) at Colorado (3-4-0), 3:00 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Avalanche ended their longest trip of the season with their best offensive performance so far.
They'll try to keep it going - and remain undefeated at home - on Saturday in their second matchup against the Edmonton Oilers in six days.
Held to one total goal - a 4-1 loss to Edmonton (4-2-1) on Monday - while losing the first three games of their trip, Colorado (3-4-0) defeated Calgary 6-3 on Thursday.
Newcomers P.A. Parenteau and John Mitchell had two goals and an assist apiece, while Avs center Paul Stastny scored his first two goals of the season.
"I think Paul can hopefully relax a little bit now and just play his game," coach Joe Sacco said. "It was just a matter of time before Paul got going. It's big for our team.
"We need Paul going offensively for our team."
The Avs, who open a season high-tying four-game homestand, also need their penalty kill to improve after failing in eight of 20 short-handed chances on their trip.
Edmonton's Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, captain Shawn Horcoff and rookie Nail Yakupov (empty net) all notched power-play goals on Monday.
Colorado, though, has killed all 12 penalties in its two games in Denver.
The Oilers will close out their three-game trip in the Mile High City after Wednesday's 2-1 overtime victory over Phoenix and losing 3-2 in a shootout to undefeated San Jose the next night.
Edmonton, though, was pleased with the point and the comeback as Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall, who both recorded two assists on Monday, scored to rally the club from two down in the second period.
"I think we have to gain confidence from the way we battled back," Gagner said. "It's obviously a tough one to lose. Coming off a back-to-back against a team like San Jose, who's playing so well, we have to learn from it and continue to develop."
Devan Dubnyk is developing into a top-line goaltender, starting each of Edmonton's games and helping the club kill six of seven penalties on the trip, which started with the team's first back-to-back set this season.
"It begins with your goaltender," rookie coach Ralph Krueger said. "What does he do with the deficit and how does he react? Does he give your team a chance in the game? That's a sign of a top goalie in the National Hockey League."
The Oilers won't consecutive days again until Feb. 9-10, so Dubnyk should be in net Saturday. He's 5-2-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average in eight starts versus Colorado after Monday's season-best 37-save performance.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots for the Avs in that loss, but it's uncertain if Sacco will give backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere another look after he made 25 saves on Thursday in his first start of the season.
Hall, the team leader with seven assists and nine points, has opened the season on a career-best seven-game point streak. He has nine points in nine career games versus Colorado.
The Avs have won two straight and three of four at home in this Northwest Division matchup.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 1:10:53 AM EST|